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More Score to Adore

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With no shortage of catalogue film score news and announcements in the past week, The Second Disc adds to that with two releases from Intrada and a few rumblings about La La Land.

First, the releases: Lalo Schifrin’s score to the newspaper drama The Mean Season and George Delerue’s fanciful score to the Glenn Close comedy Maxie, both released in 1985, are getting their first-ever releases as part of Intrada’s Special Collection. Both albums feature a new sequencing experiment for the label: big cues that wouldn’t feel out of place as an album presentation are provided first, followed by short, interstitial cues that entered the movie for a minute or sometimes less. The liner notes will have instructions on how to order them as heard in the film. All cues are in stereo (Mean Season features brand-new two-track stereo remixes straight from the original multitrack masters) and each set is limited to 1,200 copies.

Order here and here and hit the jump for track lists and that promised info on La La Land’s upcoming slate.

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Written by Mike Duquette

July 20, 2010 at 10:43

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

Here We Go Again

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Duran Duran’s official Web site has the deluxe reissues of Notorious and Big Thing listed for September 27 in the U.K. – for now. May they not sound like crap.

Written by Mike Duquette

July 20, 2010 at 09:57

Posted in Duran Duran, News, Reissues

Romantic Hamlisch Coming Soon from Kritzerland

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This is shaping up to be an exciting week for classic soundtrack fans. Hot on the heels of Film Score Monthly’s announcement of a Bronislau Kaper collection, Kritzerland unveiled its latest release Monday morning: Marvin Hamlisch’s score to the 1983 film Romantic Comedy. Hamlisch is too often underrated in the film scoring department, although can you really call someone underrated who has amassed three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards, a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize? Still, his acclaimed, clever and comedic score to 2009’s The Informant! (with its instantly-memorable theme) didn’t even warrant a pressed CD release on American shores. This makes Kritzerland’s release of Romantic Comedy even more of a treat. Based on the label’s splendid release of Hamlisch’s Bananas score, the listener will be in good hands.

Romantic Comedy debuted on Broadway in 1979 starring Anthony Perkins as a playwright for whom the hits have dried up, and Mia Farrow as the woman who just might be able to end his writer’s block. For the 1983 film version, their roles were filled by Dudley Moore and Mary Steenburgen. Bernard Slade, creator of the immortal sitcom Bewitched, adapted his stage play for the film version which was directed by Arthur Hiller, the Oscar-nominated director of Love Story. Hamlisch was the perfect choice for this film which lived up to its title, riding a wave of success that had seen him in the previous years writing Broadway musicals A Chorus Line and They’re Playing Our Song, scoring films as diverse as The Spy Who Loved Me and Sophie’s Choice, and churning out massive pop hits like “Nobody Does It Better,” “The Way We Were” and “Theme from Ice Castles (Looking Through the Eyes of Love)” from his films. Adept at both sweeping romantic statements and broad comic scoring, Hamlisch composed a central theme for Romantic Comedy which he reset in various idioms and styles throughout the film.

Kritzerland’s premiere CD release is assembled from the original three-track session masters and includes four bonus tracks. Unfortunately, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack’s end credits duet “Maybe,” with lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager set to music by her former flame Hamlisch and her then-husband Burt Bacharach in a rare collaboration, was unavailable for inclusion.  Kritzerland has located an instrumental of the theme, however, and it closes out the disc. Romantic Comedy can be pre-ordered here, and will arrive by the end of August, although pre-orders usually ship an average of four weeks early.  The full track listing and some sound samples can be found after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

July 20, 2010 at 08:55

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks